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Nissan Electric recruit Margot Robbie

Nissan Electric recruit Margot Robbie

Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The future of trucks and buses is the mundane work of Nissan Electric and other enterprising manufacturers. The glamour of a fast, light electric car is there to be exploited however, and who better than our Margot!

Nissan Electric recruit Margot Robbie

Auks transform Arctic ecosystems.

Auks transform Arctic ecosystems.

Posted Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:20:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

The great auk was gobbled up by sailors. Now the importance of such species is highlighted in a study proving how the barren wastes are transformed into a “green” land where Inuits and Vikings found a haven.

Auks transform Arctic ecosystems.

Tiger, leopard and dhole share resources in India

Tiger, leopard and dhole share resources in India

Posted Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:28:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

Tiger, leopard and dhole! Carnivores, large and small, govern resources across the whole spectrum of natural habitats, whether terrestrial or marine. Here they interact to give real meaning to the word ecology. Camera traps are proving invaluable for relieving our ignorance of all communities of animals and plants, whether threatened like these, or simply our local wood. We love the tiger, Panthera tigris, the leopard, Panthera pardus and the dhole, Cuon alpinus, (http://www.earthtimes.org/conservation/dhole-cuon-alpinus/2076/ ) and you can read that from our frequent stories on them! Here we study them as an unusual grouping, now called a carnivore guild.

Tiger, leopard and dhole share resources in India

Hedgehogs mirror wildlife problems around the world.

Hedgehogs mirror wildlife problems around the world.

Posted Mon, 06 Feb 2017 10:25:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Have we got the answer to urban living when we solve the huge losses of hedgehogs in suburban neighbourhoods? The adoption of wild roofs and city ecoscapes in general brings some species to the new city. We have forgotten some animals that might just help clear the pests from our gardens or maintain plants and birdlife in some ways that we have found impossible. Natural habitat has been replaced largely with novel human solutions that need time to prove themselves. Emotionally, many would give the hedgehog their garden-vote, but the population has decreased so much, it could be too late to bring them back.

Hedgehogs mirror wildlife problems around the world.

Lions cause tigers problems

Lions cause tigers problems

Posted Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How does the fate of the desperately-threatened tiger subspecies become involved with their relative on another continent? The answer lies in the actions of the South African government, who continue to submit to pressure groups who breed lions and sell them for various less-than-human activities. I hesitate to recommend any action on such obvious manipulations, but a letter to these people can only help. EIA recommend this action in their article on how tigers are affected.

Lions cause tigers problems

Primates matter, and this is why!

Primates matter, and this is why!

Posted Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:15:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

The apes and monkeys represent one of the most interesting and numerous mammalian orders. With the lemurs, lorises and marmosets to set the tone for diversity, the need is to maintain conservation efforts and increase the chances for survival. Too much human expansion on this small planet is leaving little breathing space for other primates, or even ourselves in many cases. Limits have to be set and greed controlled before we are the only apes left.

Primates matter, and this is why!

Intriguing leadership roles in orcas linked to evolution, even in humans

Intriguing leadership roles in orcas linked to evolution, even in humans

Posted Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We rarely come across research that leads to true connections with human evolution in other animals, but menopause is an almost unique event that has deep meaning for survival. With these whales, we have a link to one of our own particular characteristics that can only be investigated in these species. Who knows what information we may find among orca ecotypes and even other unique species.

Intriguing leadership roles in orcas linked to evolution, even in humans

One positive change, but emissions give centuries of rising sea-levels

One positive change, but emissions give centuries of rising sea-levels

Posted Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:55:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

When the politics of greenhouse gases finally unravel, it won’t be our children who come to conclusions about it. It will be more distant descendants who acclaim our restriction of CFCs, but what can they say about the current mess? We need climate champions, and they are rare in some politics. Let’s hope they can read (the writing on the wall) at least! Here it is, using a new EMIC simulation that provides accuracy, evidence and good conclusions.

One positive change, but emissions give centuries of rising sea-levels

Blue whales' calls give ID of new populations

Blue whales' calls give ID of new populations

Posted Wed, 04 Jan 2017 10:36:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Whether we want to find rare populations of crickets, bats or whales, acoustic signs are worth recording. Instead of sometimes-impossible genetic ID, call signs give often-deeper analysis of how populations differ in so-called cultures. In the case of this blue whale study, new discoveries are inevitable as the long-lived, long-generation and simply just “long” animal recovers from hunting that could easily have occurred within their lifetime!

Blue whales' calls give ID of new populations

Pollution or Conservation, Doñana’s Choice!

Pollution or Conservation, Doñana’s Choice!

Posted Tue, 03 Jan 2017 10:20:00 GMT by JW Dowey

When the likes of Cota Doñana are threatened, then all of these precious sites for conservation, from the Great Barrier Reef to all the rainforests worldwide need to be checked. Who is destroying these last places for endangered wildlife on earth? Tourism and care for our personal environment needs assessment for future sustainability.

Pollution or Conservation, Doñana’s Choice!

The Casper octopus thrives in the deep sea, but exploiters are threatening

The Casper octopus thrives in the deep sea, but exploiters are threatening

Posted Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:05:00 GMT by JW Dowey

How can we stop the powers-that-be jumping in the deep end? Action is already taken to restrict or warn of deep-sea “mining” of metals. Will this stop governments or corporations rushing in to make a quick profit?

The Casper octopus thrives in the deep sea, but exploiters are threatening

Crow wing shape and its association with species distribution.

Crow wing shape and its association with species distribution.

Posted Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:10:00 GMT by JW Dowey

It's a great group of animals to study when you have hundreds of different species in almost every habitat on earth. Here is a largely successful attempt to associate the crow wing shape with species dispersals and any consequent speciations.

Crow wing shape and its association with species distribution.

Elephants help National Park, rare tigers, rhinos and the rest!

Elephants help National Park, rare tigers, rhinos and the rest!

Posted Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The prevention of poaching and cooperation with local residents is becoming more and more critical to conservation. International politics maybe the most advertised conservation issue, but it’s the grass roots that can determine survival- or not. The poaching of animals for indescribable uses is repugnant to all of us, when we can be made to think about it. Now is the time to stop destroying the small parts of ecosystems that remain on earth and realise just how greedily international corporations still operate

Elephants help National Park, rare tigers, rhinos and the rest!

The Polar Bear Future-what can we conserve?

The Polar Bear Future-what can we conserve?

Posted Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Quantification of the iconic polar bears’ fate is important as the ice melts ever more readily. Here is the real story we can expect as we struggle to conserve all the species we can, while the world warms inexorably.

The Polar Bear Future-what can we conserve?

Sharks and rays suffer (extinction) in the Mediterranean

Sharks and rays suffer (extinction) in the Mediterranean

Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:40:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

One great devil ray species (Mobula mobular) was doing well in the Mediterranean Sea last year, but it is still classed as endangered, whether in Gaza or migrating to the Tuscan Sea. As it isn’t a food item, this probably saves it from the fate of its smaller relatives. They are disappearing fast, and there has been little effort at conservation.

Sharks and rays suffer (extinction) in the Mediterranean

The endangered Tapaculo adapts to fragmentation of its forest.

The endangered Tapaculo adapts to fragmentation of its forest.

Posted Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When we lose so many animals and plants from South America, often as soon as they are discovered as new species. It is consoling to discover such an animal that seems to be looking after itself, in secondary forest, and with hopes of recovery from population loss. Of course, some smart new conservation effort may be required in the form of forest regeneration and afforestation ----- !

The endangered Tapaculo adapts to fragmentation of its forest.

The Force is with the Claw of Land Crabs

The Force is with the Claw of Land Crabs

Posted Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Cancer, the edible crab, can equal the coconut crab in the force applied by its claw, but the use to which Birgus latro puts its magnificent weapon goes way beyond the opening up of coconuts.

The Force is with the Claw of Land Crabs

Social interaction in vervets/its relevance to humans.

Social interaction in vervets/its relevance to humans.

Posted Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:35:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Do the sexes interact when battle is carried out in vervet monkeys and does this have any relevance to human warfare?

Social interaction in vervets/its relevance to humans.

Carbon emissions down, but carbon dioxide levels still rampant!

Carbon emissions down, but carbon dioxide levels still rampant!

Posted Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:15:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We have been unable to speak on the body politic for months. The situation is like a freeze on global warming (as well as wildlife conservation, and the rest!) However, here is the current situation, thanks to one group of scientists. Maybe this will be simply history soon, but we certainly hope the present situation is resolved, and very soon. Winter is coming, but it’s getting hot.

Carbon emissions down, but carbon dioxide levels still rampant!

Tremendous cognition in tool-making, etc., in a cockatoo.

Tremendous cognition in tool-making, etc., in a cockatoo.

Posted Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:30:00 GMT by JW Dowey

The crow family, the apes and dolphins show us what they can understand, but who can beat this bird?

Tremendous cognition in tool-making, etc., in a cockatoo.

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Gorillas or oil: the Virunga question

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Posted Sun, 12 Apr 2015 16:56:57 GMT by Dave Armstrong

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Largest group of largest fish shows Mexican waters importance

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Electric car to run at Le Mans

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